tv The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC July 13, 2011 12:00am-1:00am EDT
thing in our business. this is the kind of thing murdoch has made his bones on. let's calm down the discussion. >> i said buy "newsweek" this week because of carl bernstein's article. it's worth the $5. >> let's come back and have a good discussion. this story will be the most important story in the world in the last 25 years. i'd love to come back and talk about it. >> carl bern stein, thanks very much for joining me tonight. rachel maddow is up next. >> thanks very much. this is probably our most challenging prop day ever on this show. but i think that we have done it. we have figured out a way -- to erect a teeny tiny flag pole in the studio to demonstrate what happened today in washington about the huge fight whether or not we as a country are going to
fault on our debt on purpose, whether or not we're going to throw the country back in recession, whether or not we're going to stop sending social security checks and blow up the economy with the debt ceiling thing. after all these months and weeks of fighting about it and republicans saying we won't do it, we won't do it, no way we will do it. you wanted to know what happened today? ding. actually doesn't look right without a breeze i don't think. hold on. that's nice. that's better. what an amazing turn of events today in washington. here's the back of the envelope basics on what just happened today. it's kind of incredible. i think it's been easy to lose sense of the big picture here, but the further you get away from what just happened, the bigger perspective you take on it, the more incredible it is. 70 times to raise the debt ceiling.
raising the debt ceiling is something that happens as a matter of course. it's a run of the mill no headline kind of event. >> this is really housekeeping, tim. this has nothing to say, nothing to do with future spending. this simply reflects decisions made in the past and it ought to be treated like the housekeeping matter it is. >> george w. bush's budget director, mitch daniels, explaining the bush administration hoped raising the debt ceiling would be handled by congress as a housekeeping matter. that's how it was handled over the last decade. in the george w. bush administration, congress raised the ceiling seven separate times. among the republicans raising their current tantrums among john boehnor, eric canton, mitch mcconnell, jon kyl, collectively they passed 19 votes during the bush administration to raise the debt ceiling, just those four guys. raising the debt ceiling is not
something that usually has a big fight over it. sometimes it does, sometimes part of congress tries to leverage this vote because it's something that absolutely has to pass. in the same way crafty politicians will sometimes attach unrelated things to the pentagon budget because the pentagon budget everybody agrees has to pass, in that same way, politicians in the past tried to attach things to the debt ceilings. they not only failed, they so misunderstood the dynamics of their own party, john boehnor is so bad at his job, a political pundit at 9:00 p.m. on nbc, using this as a metaphor of what just happened to them. the breeze helps, i think. republicans blew it. they totally, utterly, 100% blew it, and today they had to essentially surrender.
>> republicans senate leader mitch mcconnell presented. >> after weeks and months of fighting about it, senate republicans today proposed allowing president obama to just go ahead and raise the debt ceiling without any binding conditions just like that. in a couple of minutes on the show we're going to talk about the special elections happening today. in wisconsin, there are state level recalls happening today because of the republicans' effort to strip union rights in the state. in california, there's a special election for congress today, polls are still open in southern california. it's the first congressional special election since the one in upstate new york two months ago in which a deep, deep, deep red strict turned blue. it went to a democrat in large part because of the republican plan to kill medicare.
remember that? 98% of republicans in the house, 85% of republicans in the senate voted for the paul ryan budget to kill medicare, a plan so unpopular it flipped that red congressional seat to blue. the other thing about that paul ryan vote, though, is that voting for the paul ryan budget, even with killing medicare, that was a vote by republicans to add $6 trillion to the national debt over the next decade. the vote for the paul ryan budget would have required the republicans to vote to raise the debt ceiling. their own budget, because we would be incuring additional debt in order to pay for that republican budget. really, honestly, frankly, no matter what you do, you have to raise the debt ceiling. there's not a policy solution to prevent the country from raising the debt ceiling. even voting for the republican budget this year, which was insane, politically and otherwise would require us to raise the debt ceiling.
but even in the face of that reality, republicans have decided to say they will not vote to raise it this year, even after all the other times they raised it, even after the bipartisan policy center reported if we do not raise the debt ceiling, after the first month we will have knocked 10% off the gdp, 10% off the entire size of the economy, which, of course, would immediately put us back into recession. after that, republicans in congress said it did not matter to them, they would not raise it again, even though they always have before. >> can you tell the folks at home that no matter what happens, the social security checks are going to go out on august the 3rd? about $20 billion worth of social security checks that have to go out the day after the government is supposedly going to go into default. >> thgs not just a matter of social security checks, these are veterans' checks, folks on disability and their checks, there are about 70 million checks that go out each month. >> can you guarantee as
president those checks will go out on august the 3rd? >> i cannot guarantee if we haven't resolved this issue, because there simply may not be the money to do it. >> president obama is correct in that explanation. no way to guarantee that social security checks would go out if we don't raise the debt ceiling, also military pay, disability checks, the rest of it. if you have two normal political parties in a negotiation, you use a prospect that dire, where president obama just explained on cbs today, you use something that dire. the basic understanding is that both sides are going to have to agree to something to avoid that awful thing, but you use the threat of the awful thing that will happen if you don't get a deal in order to get more of what you want. that's how negotiations work under normal circumstances. that's what tip o'neal did with ronald reagan, harry reid did with george w. bush. but the basic premise is there will be in the end be an agreement. our side will get as scary as
possible to in the end get as much as we can out of the agreement, the agreement we know we're heading towards. that would be normal. up to a point this year, it worked normally, just like it has all the other years. and because of the way this white house negotiates with republicans, frankly, we were at the point where president obama dwas offering them the whole store, trillions of dollars in spending cuts, including possible cuts to medicare and social security. president obama is offering 83% of what they were asking for. so far so good for republicans. that's where we ran into the john boehnor is bad at his job problem, because this is the state of the republican party right now, it is not a normal party. this graph shows what voters in general think about the whole idea of compromise when it comes to political negotiations, those
who say should compromise, clear majority, 53%. those who think representatives should stick to their principles is not a majority, it's 47%. that's voters overall. generally, they want compromise. here's what democratic voters think about the idea of compromise, 68% of democratic voters say compromise. 68%. the percent that says don't compromise is 32%. here's what republican voters think, look at that. here's what republicans think about compromise, exactly the opposite. they are like a different species. the idea that republicans would get 83% of what they wanted, that is a failure from their perspective. because compromise by its nature is a failure, deals are a failure. anything that president obama agrees to by virtue of the fact he agreed to it is a failure. anything short of 100% is a failure.
hell, even talking to the president is a form of republican failure in this republican party. having used all this leverage to get this amazing deal for themselves by terrifying the country over the prospect of economic armageddon on purpose, this year, republicans have to give that up and surrender. throw that away. throw away a democratic offer to cut social security and medicare because a deal where they get 83% of what they want in their own party's eyes is a failure. any deal with a democrat is a failure. instead of that, they must surrender and have no deal at all. mitch mcconnell announcing a plan today to give president obama what he and the democrats wanted all along, debt ceiling gets raised, no binding conditions. we now resume our regularly scheduled economic catastrophe. so in the end, unless this falls a part too because republicans eat each other alive, still a possibility, this would be the 75th time that -- since j.f.k. the congress has voted to raise the debt ceiling.
it will not be tied to a binding agreement about spending cuts or about anything else. the republicans will get nothing from the democrats or the white house in exchange for the debt ceiling going up. it will be handled essentially as a matter of housekeeping, and the only thing new under the sun is the unemployment problem in this country might be about to get worse by two. the leadership jobs in the house and senate count as jobs? who do you think the republicans are going to have to replace john boehnor? who are they going to swap in for mitch mcconnell? joining us now, raul grijalva of arizona, congressman grijalva, thank you for your time tonight, sir, i appreciate it. >> thank you very much. >> what do you make of senator mcconnell's proposal today, and what do you think happens from here on out? >> major concession to the reality that the american people
were not buying the threat and were not buying the idea that we were holding hostage valuable programs, the economic stability of this nation for a very narrow ideological point of view, and i think the concession today, even though they tried to mix conditions to it essentially says we are afraid to work with you, we are afraid to make any concession at all regarding taxes, regarding revenue generation, regarding rolling back the bush taxes. so therefore, we're going to try to politicize this as much, blame the president for raising the debt ceiling, make him responsible for it, and we'll go on about our business to continue to not do anything about the fiscal stability of this nation, do nothing about creating jobs, and do nothing about really stabilizing this nation. to put the people we are putting through that are dependent on social security, medicare, and
medicaid is awful, and for them to do this as i said before as a cynical, political ploy has been shown for what it is. it was a scare tactic, scare tactic that isn't working, it's not working with the american people, and it's certainly not working with many members of congress, and i think they've put themselves in a box that they can't get out of. >> congressman grijalva, the last time you and i spoke was because of the very sizable caucus of democrats in the house, the progressive caucus, which you help lead, the progressives pledged not to raise the debt ceiling if it came at costs like medicare and social security. i know you committed to that position and conveyed it to the white house, is that still your position even though there's been this progress, a deal still isn't nailed down? >> yeah, it continues to be the
position. while we've said a clean debt ceiling, raise it cleanly, go and look at the areas in which we can make reductions, put the items on the table that the republicans refuse to talk to, talk to the american people how we make these reductions, i think we're in the driver's seat. i think the administration has to be more forceful and strong about it. we've seen there is no substance behind what the republicans want other than ideological point, and so i really believe that this is an opportunity that we have now handed to us and we should take advantage of it. >> the white house responded to senator mcconnell late tonight by saying that president obama expects to meet again with congressional leaders tomorrow, essentially saying we still want that grand bargain. do you, from the progressive caucus, have advice for the white house right now heading
into further negotiations with republicans and with congressional democrats now that congressional republicans have essentially, at least in my view, thrown in the towel? >> yeah, the advice is, mr. president, with all due respect, the american people are expecting you and our party to stand firmly with them on vital programs, social security, medicare, medicaid, and those investment strategies that are part of this american legacy, stand with us. the longer you stand with us, the stronger you become and the chances not only for our political renewal in the future but for -- for actually solving this fiscal crisis that we're in becomes even stronger. i think he's in a position of strength, he should use it, and it would be to the benefit of all of us. >> arizona congressman and co-chair of the progressive caucus, raul grijalva. you're always a valued guest, sir, thank you for your time tonight. >> thank you. the madison, wisconsin, uprising that starts this year in the freezing cold is not over. the next big movement in the
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state legislatures than any time since 1928. in 15 states, republicans control both the legislative branch and governorship after the 2010 elections. wisconsin became one of those very red states last year. before the election, democrats controlled the state aslembly. democrats also controlled the senate, then republicans picked up four seats and the gavel. also before november, wisconsin had a democratic governor. voters selected a new republican governor to replace them. the soon-to-be famous scott walker. walker had not campaigned for the governorship by saying he'd strip union rights. he campaigned on jobs. his record as a county executive showed he was no friend of unions, but somehow the draconian proposal did not come up. but when governor scott walker made his move to strip union rights in wisconsin, that rang like a loud bell on a cold night.
wisconsin is expected to be a swing state in 2012, not breaking hard red or hard blue, but one thing is clear about wisconsin politics, it is a place where union rights matter so much that a lot of what we think of as the nation's union rights were born there. seven protestors died in 1886. wisconsin is also where they invented unemployment insurance and worker's comp. it's the birth place of state employees. if labor lives anywhere in this country, it lives in wisconsin. it was born there. the state has seven separate towns that go by the name of union. union, wisconsin. seven of them. you figure it out. so when governor scott walker announced he was unilaterally stripping union rights in
wisconsin, the response was explosive, with no way to win an up or down vote in the senate, wisconsin senate democrats decided to filibuster with their feet, they left the state so republicans couldn't get the quorum they needed to vote on the bill. democrats in assembly stayed, and when republicans first passed the bill in assembly, it looked like this. ultimately republicans jammed the governor's union stripping plan through in a strange, hastily called late night committee over the last objections by minority democrats. >> this is clearly a violation. if you've been shutting people down, it is improper for you to move forward. this is a violation of the open meanings law. >> outside the hearings rooms, protestors had taken over the wisconsin state capitol in madison, camping out day after day in the rotunda and marching in the streets.
this was madison, wisconsin, on february 16. here's madison on february 26. by march 12, madison saw one of its largest political protests ever, 100,000 people marching in the streets for the rights of teachers, snow plow drivers, and, and, and. wisconsin republicans ultimately got their way, governor scott walker signed the union stripping bill and a divided supreme court ruled it could stand, but today, today in wisconsin, the chickens began coming home to roost for wisconsin republicans. democrats and wisconsin who cared about union rights recalled republican state senators. they only need to recall three of them to do it, and they got enough signatures to force
elections for six of them. today we saw the first round of voting for recalls on those half dozen republicans. only reason they are voting specifically in wisconsin is because of the republican strategy for pushing back on this. a republican chaos campaign. republicans decided to run fake democrats, that's not a slur by me, it's what republicans are calling them, republicans decided to run fake democrats in primaries against every democratic challenger just to force a primary and just to confuse voters about who's who. republicans are using flyers like this one to get republicans to vote in the democratic primary to support these fake democratic candidates today. they even rushed through in the republican-controlled legislateture a new law that makes it harder and more complicated to vote in wisconsin. they made sure it would go into effect quickly so it could at least in part affect the
recalls. today for the first time, poll workers demanded to see your official i.d. in wisconsin, though if you didn't have it, you could still vote anyway? but you did have to sign a new poll list or else you couldn't get a ballot. also, you had to live in your district flee times as long to qualify and about a half election workers say, depending how you figure it. if it sounds confusing, are you feeling confused? it kind of seems like that was the idea. to further the confusion, an anti-abortion group spent the last two days calling wisconsin voters telling wisconsin voters, don't worry, your ballots are on the way. they are trying to get out the vote for next month, but hey, why not start today? it's operation chaos after all. the question is whether you can change the rules enough, confuse
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there are definitely problems we mortals cannot do anything about, things like drought, the tides, seismic activity, or i don't know, the chicago cubs, but did you know one country with an economic recession similar to our own could have solved their financial woes simply by avoiding sex with demons? >> there is a spirit called a harlot of principality who dominates nations, territories, people groups very, very clearly to such an extent she has fornication with kings. >> fornication with kings and then what? how that partially explains republican presidential politics this year and how the fornication with kings things works out. [ male announcer ] introducing the ultimate business phone --
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acts of compassion for all the wrong reasons. they won't know it, beloved, they'll be sincere, many of them, but their sincerity will not in any way lessen the impact of their deception. the fact they are insear does not make their inception less damaging. i believe that one of the main pastors as a forerunner to the harlot movement is oprah. >> oprah. oprah winfrey, harbinger of the anti-christ, but she seems so nice. that's the point. that was one of the endorsing pastors of the stadium prayer event in texas to which rick perry has invited all 49 of the rest of the nation's governors. the research group right wing watch has been putting together
sort of the collected works of the people who rick perry is doing this prayer event with, with a sense of urgency perry is being taken seriously as a presidential contender. one man he's doing the event with is john hagee. john mccain was delighted to get that endorsement until the clips of hagee calling the catholic church the great whore turning up. >> god sent a hunter, a hunter is someone who comes with a gun and he forces you. hitler was a hunter. how did it happen? because god allowed it to happen. why did it happen? because god said my top priority for the jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of israel. >> john mccain had to retroactively reject john hagee's endorsement to avoid the smell of the god-sent hitler sermons. rick perry is doing a prayer service with that same pastor in three weeks. that god-sent hitler guy will probably feel right at home.
>> hitler discovered that he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough to carry out his orders but that homosexual soldiers basically had no limits and the savagery and brutality they were willing to inflict. alternative religions to christianity have no right to the exercise of free religion. permits, in my exercise, should not be granted to build even one more mosque in the united states of america, not one. president barack obama nurtures this hatred for the united states of america. president obama is half white and half black. herman cain is all black, he's authentically black.
he is the real black man in the race. >> thanks for coming, but we're going to have to risk our lives to stand for truth and sincerity. 600,000 men died on the battlefields of america, and if god required it for slavery, what will it mean if god requires it for america, for the bloodshed of 50 million people? >> as they fell to the ground in bee bee, arkansas, the governor's name is beebee, and also, there was something put out of arkansas called "don't ask, don't tell" by a former governor. this was proposed bill clinton. and so, could there be a connection? now that we had the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell." >> the statue of new york harbor called the statue of liberty.
you know where we got it from? french free masons. that's a demonic idol. no more than 500 million. do you realize that means getting rid of all of us to get down to 500 million, you're going to have to kill a lot of people off. what do you think the health care bill is? >> i know, and, of course, don't forget, oprah winfrey, harbonger of the anti-christ. >> she is winsome, she is kind, she is reasonable, she is utterly deceived. >> so this is who rick perry is doing his prayer event with at reliant stadium in houston. rick perry also being taken seriously for the republican presidential field. politico.com saying a top fundraising bund her for george w. bush is convening potential big dollar republican
fundraisers for perry in austin later this month. but the reason perry is being taken seriously by more than just the god-sent hitler people is because he can court them while also preaching good sense about the economy. that was the news out of rick perry's camp today. the line from rick perry, susharraf reached out and wanted to talk to rick perry about economic policy. that's the most interesting thing about the rick perry stadium prayer thing, the "don't ask, don't tell," kill the birds in arkansas pastors. the most interesting thing, i think, is the reason rick perry says he's convening it because it is supposed to help with policy and i quote "fellow americans, america is in crisis, we have been besieged by financial debt. some problems are beyond our
power to solve. we'll gather to pray for a historic breakthrough for our country. there's hope for america, we'll find it on our knees." the prayer meeting, the way we'll bring down the national debt we're besieged by is at the prayer meeting. he says this prayer meeting at the stadium in texas is about policy. >> this is governor rick perry, and i'm inviting you to join your fellow americans in a day of prayer and fasting. as an elected leader, i'm all too aware of government's limitations when it comes to fixing things that are spiritual in nature. that's where prayer comes in, and we need it more than ever. with the economy in trouble, communities in crisis. >> so on and so on and so on. the prayer event with the god
sent hitler pastor is the event where we're going to figure out policy, where we're going to help out the economy, which is why you should know, particularly if rick perry is going to run for president that at least one of the people he's doing this prayer event with in texas has theories on economic policy, really, really amazing theories about sex with demons and the potential affects on the economy. >> the sun goddess visits him in person and has sexual intercourse with the emperor. that's a very, very powerful thing, so the emperor becomes one flesh with the sun goddess, and that's an invitation for the sun goddess to continue to demonize the whole nation. since the night that that present emperor slept with the sun goddess, the stock market in japan has gone down. never come up since. >> so japan's economic troubles,
those are because the japanese emperor had sex with the sun god demon. america's economic woes await a diagnoses from governor rick perry. august 6th, houston, we are all invited. joining us now is wayne slater, writer for the dallas morning news. thank you for being here. >> great to be with you. >> is rick perry going ahead with the prayer event with the stock markets down because of the sex with demons contingent, is this a sign he is running or a sign he isn't running for president? >> a sign he is running for president. i don't know if he's finally made that decision, but all signs are in that direction. what perry understands and frankly what i found out when i was in iowa a week ago was the
ticket into winning the republican nomination isn't exclusively talking about tea party fiscal issues, but it's are you right with the social conservatives and religious conservatives that a lot of folks thought weren't important anymore, in fact, they are important, there's a lot of overlap between religious conservatives, tea party activists, and that overlap, whether you tall them the teavangelists or not. the problem for perry is, he wins the nomination, republican nomination, but then what does he tell general election voters who remember him converting with birthers and demonists and christian zionists? >> that's an issue i saw coming, the case in iowa and else where to republican primary voters and how he explains himself to the general. what i didn't see coming was the relationship between rick perry's professions of faith and his association with religious figures like this and policy. i mean, i'm not trying to be
funny, but do we need to understand the sex with demons brought down the stock market in japan thinking in order to understand his policies, how we would like to govern the country? >> actually, i think we do. i think that part of this argument, part of this tea party idea about limited government is not to get rid of government completely, it is to have a different kind of government with policies with respect to not simply gay marriage and life and religious expression, but also spending and taxes, which under this more christ logical, this more christ-centric view of government which some folks believe was the original intent of the founders, kind of policy, a more religious form of government where the separation of church and state isn't so clear will really dictate policy. it's a form of government and a concept about government that says that things like spending, things like taxes, things like
less regulation are moral issues and, in fact, moral absolutes. that's why you can't get compromise right now on the debt ceiling, although it looks like, as you said at the beginning of the show, there will be a form of compromise. it's because fundamentally, it's not just the social issues, but the economic issues, the policy issues that have a moral dimension. >> there is a bit of a controlled experiment going on here, though, with john hagee, we had an endorsement of hagee by john mccain he was forced to denounce, we now got rick perry with that knowledge still going ahead in this event with hagee, also the lead sponsor of this event saying overtly, nobody but christians have religious freedom in america. making that a very bold statement. does that reflect a calculation
by rick perry and his political advisors that this time around the republican nominee wouldn't have to renounce it, you could get away with it this time? >> i think it is the implication of that. that doesn't mean rick perry, if elected, would enforce a government. he's conventional, if conservative, executive of a state. but what it does mean is this is a different year. this is a different kind of dynamic where you have a combination, as i said, these teavangelists who have the power and influence looking for a winning candidate or candidate they envision could be inning, and that's something these folks believe they can get away with. john mccain was worried about how it would look if he was associated too closely with this religious view of john hagee. rick perry knows hagee, he's been to his church. rick perry isn't worried and the
moment these tea party activists in iowa and south carolina and florida see your show tonight, that will only confirm their support for someone like perry. >> if that is so, i hope they'll all tweet me about it tonight, because it makes the twitter feed really fun to read. wayne slater, invaluable insight, thank you so much for your time, wayne. >> great to be with you. >> so republicans are outraged, outraged, about a brand new cause nobody knew was a cause. they say we must protect the incandescent light bulb, and we have preliminary election results from the anti-scott walker recall elections in wisconsin tonight. [ male announcer ] members of the american postal workers union handle more than 165 billion letters and packages a year. that's about 34 million pounds of mail every day. ever wonder what this costs you as a taxpayer? millions? tens of millions? hundreds of millions? not a single cent.
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qaeda commander was hiding. the moment the helicopter landed they came under fire. within minutes as they moved into a courtyard in the compound a machine gun round went through both of his legs. he was bleeding badly. he nevertheless aided another wounded soldier leaving him to take cover behind a chicken coop in the courtyard. he did this with severe injuries to both of his legs. sergeant petry launched a grenade in the direction of the enemy fighters, who were shooting at the rangers. that provided enough cover for a third ranger to join them behind the chicken coop to evaluate the wounds. an enemy grenade exploded in the courtyard. it further hurt the ranger that he was helping and the third ranger. a second grenade thrown by the enemy fighters landed next to the three wounded rangers. it had not exploded yet. sergeant petry dressed his own wound at the time.
his right hand was gone. >> i remember it vividly. it was i sat up and grabbed it, and it was like somebody had taken a circular saw and just taken it off right there. i remember the smells. i could smell the burning of the flesh. it was unreal, but again, another weird thought went into my mind. i looked at it and said where's is the hollywood squirt. why isn't this spraying out a country mile? i had the tourniquet, was able to put on a tourniquet by myself and get back on the radio, called up for help and let them know the situation. i checked on my younger guys. at that point just waited to see what their response was. >> guess what? your younger guys were alive. had that gone off, it would have
been a different story. you and them. >> yes, sir. well, the kill radius is 5 is about 5 meters. >> all this happened on his seventh deployment. he's had eight deployments because he reenlisted last year after the gunshots through both legs and losing his hand. >> leroy lost a hand, and those wounds in his legs sometimes make it hard for him to stand. but he pushing on. he could have focused only on his own recovery, but today he helps care for other wounded warriors, inspiring them with his example. given his wounds he could have retired from the army with honor, but he chose to reenlist indefinitely. this past year he returned to afghanistan, his eighth deployment, back with his ranger brothers on another mission to keep our country safe.
this is the stuff of which heroes are made. this is the strength, the devotion that makes our troops the pride of every american. please join me in saluting one of those heroes, leroy petry. [ applause ] >> he was awarded the medal of honor above and beyond the call of duty. he brought along 100 friends and relatives to the white house for the ceremony. on the prosthesis that's his new right hand he has a plaque bolted onto that lists the names from his regiment that died in iraq and afghanistan. it's the highest military honor. the medal has been awarded only nine times for america's longest wars in iraq and afghanistan. seven were awarded to americans killed during the action for which they received the medal.
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